Everything in this long former vigneron’s domaine shares a single quality – that of having been carefully, lovingly crafted. Furniture designer David and his wife, landscape gardener Rachel, performed a total renovation, combining the main property with outbuildings to create one huge space and then filling it with creativity, light and comfort. The kitchen is the hub, furnished and equipped like a chef’s dream and with the history of the house preserved in original beams and open stonework. Staircases lead up from both ends of the building to the first floor bedrooms, three of which are en suite. These all take their cue from the kitchen and combine modern fittings, walk-in showers and occasional pieces of David’s handiwork, with similar touches of the past. Three thoughtfully designed communal spaces mean that the kids can take to the games room, the nappers to the TV room and the talkers to the sitting room. During the day, everyone can gather round the pool, with dramatic views of the Pyrenées, then head out with Rachel’s expansive dossier of walks to guide them through the hills – or daytrip to Carcassonne and Limoux.